A special reminder of when rock brought comfort to teenage angst and Christian Science brought freedom from it!

Today’s blog is by Assistant District Manager, Clare Harwood…

Last weekend all was well with the world. I had just enjoyed a delicious cream tea in the picturesque town of Burford deep in the Cotswolds.  I found myself wandering into a tiny second-hand record shop down an old alleyway. I couldn’t quite believe my eyes when totally out of the blue I stumbled across a little gem. There it was in one of the many cardboard boxes crammed full with vinyl records.

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Burford - beautiful gateway to the Cotswolds! (Photo by gailf548 on Flickr)

Peeping out from behind the others was the album Nantucket Sleighride, by an American rock band called Mountain. I had been searching for this particular little treasure for around thirty years!

I had never actually owned a copy but a close friend, who had introduced me to the band, recorded it for me onto a tape cassette back in the early 70s.  Unfortunately this had self-destructed several years ago…. and so the search had begun.

It was my older brother who had sparked my interest in rock music in an era when long hair and faded jeans were the fashion, but ‘designer’ was not on anyone’s agenda! I just loved the album cover graphics they were so vibrant. As for the music, Rock was something to be played really loud when parents were out!  A definite ‘no messing’ sound.

When I returned home from Burford, I played the newly acquired Nantucket Sleighride on my turntable and the memories of teenage angst just came flooding back!

The birthday bash where ‘Mr Right’ hadn’t ask me to dance, just the short guy who discovered too late that I was almost six foot once I had fully unravelled from the safety of my chair.

The time when I felt the whole world was watching when I ended up being escorted by amused policemen very publicly from a runway at Gatwick Airport. I had not seen the ‘No Entry’ sign on the stairwell. It was my first trip abroad on my own and I was trying to look cool.

Then there was the bad haircut, the dread of going into a room full of people I didn’t know, the awkwardness of dealing with difficult situations, getting stuck in lifts with strangers …..

Following these ‘earth shattering’ episodes my immediate reaction was to go home and listen to my rock albums at full volume.  This helped, but only for a short while.  What really did help was a change in my thought. Words from my Christian Science Sunday School Teacher jolted me out of this negative thinking.  I remember hearing her say each time I relayed an event, “Where was God when all this was happening?”

These few words helped lift my thought to what was real and important in my life. I had learned at Sunday School that prayer helps raise thought above just having a physical sense of things, to the spiritual, where God’s creation is found to be totally harmonious, not full of angst!

Once I had consistently followed this line of thought, it eventually became apparent that in the grand scheme of things what did all those teenage angst moments really matter? They only affected me because I let them.  I should have danced with the poor guy who had plucked up courage to ask me, and felt blessed he had. I should have thanked the policemen at Gatwick for their patience and humour in removing me to safety!

Once I had learnt to deal with these fearful ‘moments’ all was well with the world. Peace had been restored and I was no longer so fearful of what may or may not happen as I carried on with my life.

Just to finish off the day spent at Burford, and in gratitude for that timely advice many years ago ….. I reached for Joe Cocker’s version of “With A Little Help From My Friends”!

Thanks, Clare!  Here is Joe Cocker at the Queen’s Golden Jubilee party at Buckingham Palace Garden in 2002 sounding just as great as he did in the ‘60s – with a little help from Brian May on guitar and Phil Collins on drums!

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Author:Tony Lobl

I write and speak on spirituality from my perspective as a Christian Science practitioner. I am also an Associate Editor for the Christian Science periodicals. I studied at the University of Surrey earning a BSc Hons Degree in Modern Mathematics before the impact of spirituality on health caught my attention and re-shaped my career.

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2 Comments on “A special reminder of when rock brought comfort to teenage angst and Christian Science brought freedom from it!”

  1. Joyce Geddes
    March 4, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    I enjoyed that and saw myself in those days of teenage angst. How differently they would have been tackled today through the lens of Christian Science. I have shared it on Facebook and sent to our church members and Sunday School. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

  2. Clare
    March 4, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    Thank you Joyce. Teenage years are full of so many positive opportunities to be explored and enjoyed. I trust this piece will help those experiencing these years to fully embrace them, and remember that God is an ever present help!

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